Hearty Breakfast Cookies

Originally published April 2019

We had these breakfast cookies lots growing up, and loved them! They’re soft and delicious, and let’s be honest, what kid doesn’t enjoy eating cookies for breakfast? Too good, friends.

My mom (or my siblings and I) usually made these with sunflower seeds and/or chopped peanuts, but you can add anything you want. When I made these last week, I used chopped dried apricot, chia seeds, and coconut.


I halved the recipe on my mom’s blog and still had enough cookies to eat plenty and freeze a dozen, so what I’ll share here is the halved version. Of course if you have a million kids feel free to double, triple, or even quadruple – what you’ve never done that before? That was the norm for us growing up.

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Hearty Breakfast Cookies
A soft but hearty breakfast cookie that can be customized with additions of your choice.
  1. Preheat oven to 350F or 175C.
  2. Cream together the butter, peanut butter, and sugar.
  3. Add eggs, vanilla, and milk.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients.
  5. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Spoon onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350F or 175C for 12 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Be creative with this recipe! You can use white or brown sugar, or a mix. Use whatever additions sound good to you - here are a few ideas:
Chopped walnuts, slivered almonds, chopped peanuts, white chocolate chips.
Dried cranberries, chia seeds, slivered almonds, chocolate chips.
Sunflower seeds, chopped peanuts, chia seeds.
Dried apricot, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds.

Freeze baked cookies in a ziploc bag. Thaw at room temperature for a few hours.

Freeze dough as a log or as shaped cookies, in a ziploc bag. Thaw at room temperature or in fridge and bake according to directions.

I wanted to make something that would be filling, somewhat healthy, and easy to grab for breakfast or a snack, and after searching recipes for homemade granola bars on Pinterest for what felt like ages, I finally thought of these cookies. There’s nothing like a good reliable recipe that you know you’ll love, and this is great because you can change it up with the additions depending on what you have or what you feel like.

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